22/07/2021; 1:16 PM By : Steven D. Thompson
Brighton and Hove Albion are reportedly interested in a move to bring in 20-year-old Nat Phillips from Liverpool. The Seagulls are on the verge of selling their highly-rated defender Ben White to Arsenal for £50 million this summer.
Ben White was an integral part of Brighton’s fight for Premier League survival last season. The defender was part of the England squad that went all the way to the final of the EURO 2020, and the English man is now said to have sparked a transfer tug-of-war between Premier League elites.
The Seagulls are currently in the market for a replacement for White. Brightonntified Nat Phillips, who made 20 appearances for Liverpool during their 2020/2021 defensive crisis, as the man to replace Ben White. His performance has put him in the £15m bracket and caught the attention of Brighton’s coach, Graham Potter.
Liverpool’s injury challenges last season gave room for Phillips to finally prove himself and create an impression at the club he has been at since 2016. His impact contributed to Liverpool qualifying for the Champions League towards the end of the season.
The return of Liverpool’s defenders Virgil Van Dijk, Joel Matip, and Joe Gomez might make it harder for the 24-year-old defender to get minutes as often as he wants. The arrival of Ibrahim Konate from RB Leipzig would also be a stumbling block to Phillips’ desire for regular football.
Phillips, who also got attention from Dean Dyche’s Burnley, is now odds-on at the best bookies to join the Seagulls. Brighton and Hove Albion are aware of Nat Phillips’ £15 million price tag and are not moved by it.
Ben White’s move to Arsenal could determine Brighton’s decision on Phillips this Summer. The Seagulls are planning to get him from the money recouped from White’s potential Arsenal move.